The Florist’s Staff Room: Our New Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

We have an exciting new member of the florist’s family – a bean-to-cup coffee machine! As coffee fanatics we decided to pool our money to get the best coffee maker we could buy…and boy was it worth it. As I know florists, in general, love coffee, I thought I’d put this post up to help you get one for your staff room.

What is a Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine?

When you buy a pod coffee machine the coffee has been ground for a long time. That means it’s not as fresh. Instead, a bean-to-cup coffee machine grinds beans as you use them, so all the oils that make coffee taste great don’t have time to evaporate.

I didn’t think this would make much of a difference, but the taste difference is HUGE! Instead of stale or boring coffee, you get fresh coffee with a punchy flavor. Plus you can use any beans you want, so you’re not stuck with one manufacturers.

You also get a lot more customization options with a bean-to-cup coffee machine. Instead of just getting whatever comes out of a capsule, you can choose the brew strength, grind coarseness, water temperature and more (I’m sure there are functions on our machine I haven’t even found yet). The result is that you can brew a cup of espresso that exactly matches your requirements.

How Much do They Cost?

I’ll be honest – our machine wasn’t cheap. We went for the Gaggia Brera on the recommendation of Beantocupcoffee.co.uk, which was a highly rated coffee machine, and it cost hundreds of pounds. It doesn’t automate as many parts of the brewing process as even more expensive models, but the coffee is exquisite.

One thing you need to remember is that not all bean-to-cup coffee machines have the same functions. We looked at a load of different models and decided we’d be happy to manually froth the milk. Some machines come with this feature automatically, but we didn’t think it was worth the extra money (most of us prefer espresso anyway).

How to Get the Most Out of a Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine?

The most important advice I can give you is to always buy high quality coffee beans! We found this out the hard way.

There’s no point paying a huge amount for a coffee machine only to use sub-par beans. Those beans you see at the supermarket probably aren’t up to scratch, so spend some time looking around at the various options online until you find one you like. FiveSenses has a good guide to choosing coffee beans.

Another tip is to experiment with the various settings on whichever coffee machine you decide to buy. Most comes with a number of different options – you can even change the grind coarseness – so it takes some experimentation. We’ve got a piece of paper next to our machine so everyone can write their favorite settings, as we all like our coffee slightly different.

Summary

We couldn’t be happier with our Gaggia Brera – it makes us look forward to break time even more than usual! We’re a small team so it’s a great machine, but if you work in a larger office or establishment I’d recommend spending more on a larger model with the capability of brewing multiple cups at the same time.

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